On 14 December, the Ministry of Water and Energy (Minee) announced the adoption of a National LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) Master Plan to increase the use of butane for cooking so that the 12% Of the current gas-cooking population will become 58% by 2030, or about 18 million Cameroonians.
This ambition of the government, says the Minee, reflects the national action in support of objective 7 of sustainable development of the United Nations to ensure access to modern, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all. Cameroon wants to increase the use of LPG in substitution for solid fuels such as wood and charcoal, in order to reduce the current deforestation, protect the forest and reduce air pollution.
The LPG Master Plan foresees consumption of butane at 383,000 tonnes, about 12 kg per capita, nearly four times the current consumption. There will be an investment of 6.8 million new gas bottles, the opening of 6600 new retail outlets, an additional capacity of 277 kilotons and a storage capacity of the filling centers of 2,857 tonnes. The necessary financial investments are estimated at CFAF 265 billion, of which 60% is for LPG bottles.
Among the expected benefits, the Minee expects close to 4 million tons of preserved wood per year (about 15 million trees), the reduction of direct emissions of 3.4 million tons of carbon per year And the creation of nearly 18,000 full-time jobs over the 15-year period.
The Minee says the Cameroon GPL Master Plan is only the first step. The next phase should begin in the first quarter of 2017 and define how to implement the recommended regulatory improvements, structure the various investment projects and put in place the necessary financing with the help of The Global LPG Partnership (GLPGP) Public-private partnership established under the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. Cameroon signed its accession to the partnership on December 11, 2014.